A string of unusual burglaries reported in Destrehan

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 9, 2007

Police believe prescription pills may be motive behind robberies

During the past several days, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has received reports of burglaries and attempted burglaries of at least eight homes in the area of Red Church Subdivision and the Oakley/Nottaway area of Ormond in Destrehan. One also was reported on Dunleith. All of the locations are in fairly close proximity to each other, and entries were made mostly through unlocked rear windows and doors.

The entries occurred during daylight hours when residents were not home. Unusually, very little was taken from the homes. Officers believe the perpetrators are looking for prescription medications such as pain pills because these were the only items taken in some instances.  In most of the cases, valuable items such as cameras, computers and firearms in plain sight were not taken.

The sheriff’s office does have suspects and is aggressively investigating these cases, as reported by the office. Additionally, they said numerous uniformed deputies and more plainclothes detectives are in the area actively working.

Officers urge residents to secure all doors and window on their homes and be sure their alarm system is activated and working properly. Of course, anything suspicious in the area should be immediately reported to 911. Detective Derrick Pertuis is in charge of this investigation and can be reached at 985-783-1135.